UN calls for the release of opponent Maurice Kamto

UN human rights experts are calling for the release of the main opposition leader Maurice Kamto and those arrested during protests organized by the opposition last month.

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In a press release, UN experts call on Yaoundé to release the president of Cameroon’s Renaissance movement, Maurice Kamto, blocked in his home since Sept. 22. Officially, he is not the subject of any arrest warrant or house arrest, but according to his lawyers, he cannot leave his home. His residence is surrounded by hundreds of elements from the gendarmerie and the police. And authorities verbally told him not to leave his home.

For his lawyers, this house arrest is illegal, they have also filed a lawsuit. The government has not communicated on the subject. But a few days ago, a government source pointed out that the police are on the public highway and at no point have they entered his home.

In their press release, the experts state that house arrest by the leader of the MRC could constitute a custodial sentence. The experts expressed their concern to the authorities, recalling that under international law, everyone has the right to organize and participate in peaceful assemblies.

Experts also call for the release of all those arrested during protests organized by the opposition last month, saying they are extremely concerned about the mass arrests. According to them, more than 500 people were arrested after the march on September 22 in Douala and Yaoundé.